COVID 19 (CORONA VIRUS) IN THE MOUTH OF FOLK POETS

Erdoğan ALTINKAYNAK

An infectuous and fatal virus, known as Covid 19, broke out at the beginning of 2020 and turned  into pandemic, affecting the whole world.  It is known that it emerged in the People’s Republic of China. The health system in some developed countries either collapsed or came to the point of collapse due to the pandemic. Many people have lost their lives with the contamination of the virus. People have come to the point of quitting their rights. People have been warned to stay away from their social environments, places frequently visited, public transportation and worshipping places. Even curfew restrictions have been imposed. Education in schools were postponed. Many governments faced harsh times politically. Many countries had to take strict economic measures in order to help people who cannot go work, closing their worklaces or unable to ern money. Scientific health councils were established. The first or breaking news of TV bulletins were about the virus pandemic. Innumerable sessions, panels, discussions, reports wereheld on TVs every day on the rules to be obeyed, the measures taken, finding vaccine, and solution suggestions. In addition, social messages were sent to people almost incessantly.

What did folk poets think about the pandemic, having influenced the whole world? What did they express about it? How were they influenced? The aim of this study is to determine and exhibit the points of view, ideas and emotions put forward by the folk poets in the East and North East Anatolia region. Although there are many poets, jokes and caricatures about the virus pandemic, we will focus on 11 poems produced by 11 various poets, we have compiled by our own means. We will present the poems in order of compilation.

Keywords: Minstrel, Covid 19, Corona, Poetry, Function, Pandemic